Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Google Apps Team Edition as the simplest and fastest way for groups of employees and students to collaborate within an organization using Google Apps™. Once users verify their business or school email address, they can instantly share documents and calendars securely without burdening IT for support. Team Edition can easily be switched to Google Apps Standard, Premier or Education Edition for communications and collaboration across the entire company.
Now, I’m using Google Apps as part of a series of tools to assist in me telecommuting – however – mine was IT approved. I can see how this would be great for small orgs without and IT staff – but if your IT staff has reasonable (and I stress reasonable) policies in place for not using Google Apps, should employees be going against those guidelines? I have to agree with Joel:
Google’s approach seems predicated on the old adage that it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission.
Is this wrong? I don’t know – I know I’ve followed this “old adage” before (in various arenas) – would I with this? I might – but I can certainly see the IT point of view.
So, in short – I’ve brought it to your attention and now you can make up your own mind about it 🙂
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